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UK Inaugurates International Climate Change Fund for Central Asia

The United Kingdom’s (UK) government has established an international fund dedicated to climate change in Central Asia for the first time, UK Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kathy Leach said at a Feb. 16 meeting with Kazakh Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Nurzhan Nurzhigitov, reported the ministry’s press service. The fund will provide support to five Central Asian countries to combat the adverse effects of climate change. Additionally, the UK is willing to collaborate with the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea. Leach stressed the UK’s intention to interact with Kazakhstan not only within regional but also bilateral cooperation. Outlining three priority areas of the latter, Nurzhigitov included work with the Caspian Sea Research Institute, exchange of experience and attraction of experts from the UK, and postgraduate education opportunities for students in technical fields and professionals in water diplomacy. Leach expressed the UK’s readiness to support the training of master’s and doctoral candidates through the Bolashak scholarship program and proposed exploring the potential for joint double-degree education programs. The British delegation said the UK is ready to invite world-class experts in hydrogeology, irrigation, glacier studies, and other relevant fields to Kazakhstan. Leach highlighted the interest of British companies involved in wastewater treatment technologies in working in Kazakhstan, mentioning a successful project in Shymkent that resulted in a 25% reduction in water consumption. https://astanatimes.com/2024/02/uk-inaugurates-international-climate-change-fund-for-central-asia/

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  • Grace Njeri

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    Investing in resilience and climate adaptation saves alot and benefits climate smart solutions which far exceed their costs.

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    • Ann Nyambura

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      This investment in climate resilience will undoubtedly have far-reaching benefits for both the region and the planet as a whole.

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      • Kevin

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        A fund that will really boost Central Asia's transition to cleaner energy

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        • Esther Wanjiku

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          Great work by the UK, this will see to it that those countries benefit immensely from the funds

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          • Jane Wangui

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            It is nice seeing countries collaborate together in coming up with measures to help solve the effects of climate change.

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            • George Kariuki

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              This initiative is a commendable step. However, it's crucial to monitor its implementation, ensure community involvement, and focus on long-term solutions to truly address the region's climate challenges.

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              • Chris Ndungu

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                Such collaboration between these countries is marvelous when it come to combat climate change. Let's other nations learn from these states.

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  It is great for countries around the world to work together towards a sustainable future, and collaborations like this can help drive progress in achieving this goal!

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                  • Felix mokaya

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                    This is a great move taken by the UK government to fund Kazakhstan due to climate change .It is also wise for UK to offer scholarship to doctoral and masters candidates .UK decision is commendable

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                    • walter lungayi

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                      The UK's initiative to inaugurate an International Climate Change Fund for Central Asia is a positive step towards addressing environmental challenges in the region and supporting sustainable development.

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                      • dickson mutai

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                        It's wonderful to see a collaboration between these countries to combat the adverse effects of climate change. The focus on supporting wastewater treatment technologies and education opportunities through such initiatives illustrates a brilliant methodology

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                        • Gorffly mokua

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                          @dickson_mutai I agree, this collaboration is a positive step towards combatting climate change and promoting sustainable practices.

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                        • Joseph Githinji

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                          This is a superb move by the UK government to aid Kazakhstan in protecting the Aral sea and encourage irrigation projects. Even more importantly that they plan to give the youth an opportunity to study water diplomacy which is an important topic.

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                          • Gorffly mokua

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                            @joseph_githinji Indeed such initiatives will help in creating a more sustainable world.

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